Insignia of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Queen Elizabeth II established the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1996 as a unique New Zealand Order to recognise New Zealanders who have given meritorious service to the Crown and Nation, or have become distinguished by their contribution to their individual fields. Appointments of Dames/Knights Grand Companion are restricted to 30 living persons, Dames/Knights Companion, Companions, Officers and Members to 15, 40, 80, and 140 respectively per annum.
Further information on the Order can be viewed here.
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